Sunscreen is an essential part of any skincare routine, even a winter skin routine.
After all, if there is less sunlight in wintertime, then what’s the point?
The reason there is less sunlight in wintertime has to do with cloud cover, but cloud cover does not block out UV rays. Both UVA and UVB rays can pass through the clouds and inflict equivalent amounts of damage to your skin (if it is unprotected) as they would inflict in summer.
Choosing an SPF 50 sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection is vital.
To add to this, your skin can look dull and dehydrated in winter time since the harsh weather strips the moisture from your skin.
A great ingredient that helps your skin look radiant and supple is Vitamin C. It naturally brightens the skin, helps heal acne scars and hyperpigmentation, and evens out your skin tone. When Vitamin C is combined with UV filters, you get the best of both worlds. Not only is your skin protected against free radical damage from pollutants, but also from UV related damage from the sun.
In fact, while vitamin C naturally regenerates your skin cells, the UV protection prevents your skin from aging faster than it normally would. The added protection helps your skin heal faster, and look brighter even in the coldest months.
Ensure the sunscreen you opt for has other moisturizing factors like avocado oil, almond oil, and marula oil which can deeply nourish the skin barrier and keep your skin looking plump in winter.